Have you shared shortbread with anyone lately? Teri loves the shortbread our daughter-in-law Anna Marie makes. As I climbed into the van one day to leave for Kansas City errands, I noticed a small bag of shortbread pieces that Anna Marie had placed there for Teri to enjoy while we were out shopping.

Teri felt loved by that token of kindness, but I, too, was blessed in seeing Anna Marie’s thoughtfulness. It took Anna Marie time and effort to prepare and deliver the shortbread, but she will reap blessings many times that investment in Teri’s feeling loved. Each of us has the opportunity to bless and encourage others by small acts of love and kindness. Those acts bless more than just the recipient.

We men can very easily be “blind” to performing acts of kindness, but if we make just a little effort to plant “kindness” seeds, we will reap a bountiful harvest. “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:9-10). May we especially bless and cherish those whom God has given us.


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